Devil's Kriek | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Devil's KriekDevil's Kriek

Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"We added a boatload of Bings from Matt's orchard to our Devil's Kitchen (along with some "unique cultures") and let 'em hang out together for a few months. The neon-raspberry colored result features a funky-sour backbone that's uniquely delicious."

Brewed with organic Pilsner and Munich malt, Perle hops, "unique cultures", and local cherries. 9+% ABV, 35 BU

Added by ccrida on 07-18-2008

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy rust color,medium carbonation. Aroma is all cherries first followed by an acidic sweet almost champagne smell. Taste is very similar,just more tart and sour but not like biting into a lemon tart. At times the cherries came off a bit artifical in taste and aroma but I just think that I've never had a lambic where the cherry addition was so strong and easily identified. A great dessert beer that I'm anxious to try again. It's in a league of its own so it took a while to get used to this compared to so many other spurs I've had

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Photo of Skillet
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FX4
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for the 2013 version with three years of age on it.

Cloudy red liquid, minimal head. Characteristic look for the style. The aromatics of the cherries are still present despite the obviously present barnyard brett and the age. The taste is cherries plus a nice level of funk, likely brett lambicus. Good mouthfeel. A fantastic kriek that I was happy to enjoy.

I tried the 2015 at the same time and would give that a lower rating more in line with consensus.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2014
Appearance: A opaque-ish black cherry red with a skinny head and that drops to nothing within seconds and doesn't leave any surface or lacing. (fairly typical though).

Aromatics: The scents are not overly pronounced, but you can detect the sour cherry and some dry light oak and leather. The brett being very well subdued - there is a hint of funk but not heavy.

Taste: A nice climaxing sour tartness, starts out smooth and fruity and builds itself up into the more sour and tart notes. There is still a hint of acidic sweetness, like a squeezed lemon wedge with a sprinkle of sugar on it.

Mouth: In the middleweights, light fizzy for the palate, and fairly slick on the tongue carrying that tartness all the way to the back of the palate.

Overall: Not too shabby. I LOVED the ABV on this one which might be why it ranked higher in my books above some other krieks I have had lately (Mort Subite I'm looking at you)... I'm starting to prefer the sour-er krieks as of late over ones that are sweeter (Lindemanns' comes to mind). All-in-all though it doesn't let you know it is over the 9% threshold until you stand up.

Pairing: I always like Lambics especially Krieks for what they can add in terms of fruitiness to a dish. In this case, I think I would punch up that superb tart cherry with a sweet - so a nice Polish-style Cherry Cake would be perfect. And maybe topped with a touch of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (but not a lot) just enough to give it some additional smooth textures.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kplummer82
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drpimento
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is boring - drab brown with pink tones, no head or lace. Aroma is delightful with perfume, fruit, vinegar, malt. Flavor's not as interesting as aroma, but similar and good. Body is good. Fairly easy drinking with enough fruitiness to offset the sour.

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Photo of Johnct
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjcamm
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of braker649er
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had sort of forgotten about this one and let it sit in my cellar even after the brewery had bottle-aged quite a while. Vintage 2013 poured into a tulip glass on Father's Day 2016!

L - beautiful, deep red, head effervescent and dissipated
S - champagne and funk scents; just a touch of the cherry
T - full throated sour, but not harsh; just like I like it; no yogurt here; this tasted of orchards and aging and care
F - bubbly and crisp; felt full and a bit like champagne
O - wow, it'll be hard to keep a bottle of this long again if I'm ever lucky enough to procure one!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

an impressive kriek, but when did they become 9% abv?! holy goodness, maybe thats why they call it devils kriek, because it lights you right up. the beer is awesome though, blood red like pureed cherry, pink red head, very dense looking, raw. the nose is a perfect mix of tangy and sweet cherry, jammy but also puckery, with some funky yeasts an a little red wine. tannic and sharp on the acidity, but there is a lot of sugar here from the fruit, i reckon it could be fermented down even stronger with a more robust yeast strain. dramatic cherry flavor, about as concentrated as i have seen in a beer, which i suppose is pretty cool being from one of the cherry capitals of the world. its almost pithy on my palate, i feel the texture of the fruit, and the sweetness doesnt bother me because there is enough tart here too, a little brett maybe, but this is more lactic, pinch of lemon acidity, tang without being really sour. awesome depth. a ton of body, and maybe a little light on bubbles, but i dont mind that either. winey in general impression, amazing flavor. there isnt another kriek like this that i am aware of. apparently the beer to try in here if you only have time for one...

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Photo of McBAINx
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage: Poured into a small narrow glass, color is amber, opaque, very, very effervescent, head dissipates quickly to a ring.

Smell is very unique, very good: presents as tart cherries, but not pungent, then a slight funkiness, maybe some earthy flavors, bubblegum like, interesting, good.

Taste is a more funky kindy of kriek: definite cherry presence, light tartness, not mouth numbing, strength is hidden very well, then some light funkiness but not as deep as the aroma (notes of earth/musty flavors).

Mouthfeel is very good for a sour of this strength, possibly from the lighter acidic quality of the ale, even the high carbonation is not detracting (bubbles were of fine size which may support different presentation)

Overall, a very nice ale and a solid take on a kriek with a deviation to the funkier side of fermentation qualities.

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